Mass of Christian Burial for Florence Long, 92 year old Buffalo resident who passed away Saturday morning at the Johnson County Health Care Center in Buffalo, will be celebrated Thursday, May 18 at 10:00 a.m. from the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Buffalo with Father Pete Johnson as Celebrant.  A Vigil Service will be held and the Rosary recited on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. from the Catholic Church.  Donations in Mrs. Long’s memory may be made to the St. Francis Animal Shelter in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.  Online condolences may be made at

Florence Emma Long was born on October 6, 1924 in Prosser, Nebraska to George and Oleva Portz.  She started school in Prosser and then moved with her family to North Platte where she graduated from St. Patrick’s Catholic School with the class of 1942.  She was married on June 30, 1945 in North Platte to James Long and they made their home in North Platte.  In 1950 they moved to Benkelman, Nebraska and in 1952 they moved to Alliance, Nebraska.  In 1959 they moved back to North Platte and in 1960 they moved to Bridgeport, Nebraska  where Florence was a Veterinary Assistant for 27 years. They retired in 1986 and in 1993 they moved to Buffalo, Wyoming.  Jim passed away in February of 2008 and Florence continued living in Buffalo until her death.

She was a member of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the Catholic Women.  She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary.  Florence was an avid quilter, embroiderer and  antique collector.

She is survived by two sons, Steve Long and his wife Gayle of Bend, Oregon and Clay Long and his wife Deb of Brunswick, Missouri;  two daughters,  Deborah Long of Austin, Minnesota and Paula Jensen of Buffalo, ten grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son-in-law, four brothers and one sister.

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